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Healthy Food in Schools

School Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Programs

Moving Forward with School Nutrition Guidelines

Moving Forward with School Nutrition GuidelinesIn 2006 the Manitoba government released "Manitoba School Nutrition Handbook: Getting Started with Guidelines and Policies". This document replaces the guidelines in the 2006 document. It is divided into six areas of focus where schools often provide food for students and is designed to assist schools as they make plans to improve school nutrition environments in

Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba

The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is a charitable organization dedicated to helping school children learn, grow, and succeed by supporting breakfast, snack and lunch programs. We’re unique because we’re based in Manitoba – and all of the funds we raise stay in this province, reaching children in all regions of Manitoba.
The work of the Council complements the goals of the Manitoba Government's Healthy Schools initiative,  “to create school environments that enhance the healthy development of children and their families by working in partnership with community resources and service providers.”
What Do You Do?

We provide funding to schools for nourishment programs and we offer nutrition education in the form of workshops and resources. Since 2001, the Council has supported nutrition programs and raised awareness about nutrition issues and the need for food and nutrition policies in schools. We’ve also helped guide decision-makers in developing food and health policies, becoming a recognized voice for issues regarding nutrition programs for school-age children in Manitoba. We are always working on new partnerships, research, and opportunities for programs.
Why Are Nourishment Programs So Important?

Studies have shown that children who are well nourished have improved memory, problem-solving skills and creative abilities, yet 31% of elementary students and 62% of secondary school students don't eat breakfast daily. In addition, 59% of Canadian children consume less than the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Manitoba schools and communities need our help to ensure our youth are being given the best chance for success.
Who Benefits From These Programs?

Children from all over Manitoba benefit from our nourishment programs.

Who Are Your Funding Sources?

Our funding comes from The Province of Manitoba, The Winnipeg Foundation through the Moffat Family Fund, the Public Health Agency of Canada and individual donors.

Why Don't Kids Just Eat At Home?

Children and young people arrive at school without the nutrition resources they need for an active school day for many reasons. Unfortunately they can't always access adequate nutrition at home. Sometimes they have very long bus rides and are scrambling early to be ready. Parents are often working shift hours and are not able to be with their children in the morning. To give our Manitoba school children the best chance at success, we as a community need to step in and support them.

Are These Programs Only For Underpriveleged Kids?

No, these programs are for any child who requires healthy food to make the best of her/his time at school. 
How Many Schools Are Involved? 

Presently the Council supports over 200 school and community-based breakfast, snack, and lunch programs, serving over 16,000 children and youth annually.
How Does A School Participate? 

Nutrition Program Grants are allocated on an annual basis. For further information regarding grant criteria and eligibility, please visit

The grant deadline for the 2013-2014 school year is April 15, 2014.

Visit the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba website here

Vegetable and Fruit Program 

This program began in fall of 2008 with 13 rural, northern, and urban schools in Manitoba. From 2008 the Child Nutrition Council has had the opportunity to work with schools, community places and licensed child care facilities in Manitoba to increase vegetable and fruit intake for children and youth through snack programs. This pilot project was made possible through funding from the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Project Features

  • full funding for food items
  • initial grants for equipment and supplies
  • information resources, monthly newsletters, site visits, and other supports
  • workshops, program diaries, site visits with the Vegetable & Fruit Project Coordinator
  • participatory development of nutrition education resources and program evaluation

Project Impact

  • Students received a message, emphasized through curriculum, activities and practice, about the importance of healthy eating, in particular the significance of increased vegetable and fruit consumption.
  • Each site discovered a way to deliver the program in their own way, creating different involvement opportunities for teachers, educational assistants, students, parents and community volunteers.
  • In addition to increased vegetable and fruit intake, the vegetable and fruit snack programs had positive impacts on student behaviour and other indicators, such as attendance and social interaction.

As our experience with nutrition programs so often demonstrates, this vegetable and fruit project has resulted in more than just a simple act of students eating healthier food. Students discovered new tastes and preferences, found out that many options exist for them, and were more willing to try new foods.

View more information on the Vegetable and Fruit Program here

Case Studies

Strathcona Community School

Strathcona Community School is an inner-city school in the North End of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Patrol Lunch and Home Meal Project has been running since December 2006, and predominantly targets the patrols of the school. The patrols make up a group of about 21 students responsible for helping fellow students across busy traffic intersections, and ensuring their safety. They also help other students in the school during the lunch hour.

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